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Mother’s Day has a surprising history: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/10/17

Hello, all! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful month of May!

Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 14. Did you know the first Mother’s Day was on May 10, 1908? It was founded by Anna …

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Mother’s Day has a surprising history: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, all! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful month of May!

Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 14. Did you know the first Mother’s Day was on May 10, 1908? It was founded by Anna Jarvis. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914.

It is an interesting story, how Mother’s Day came to be. It started in a Sunday school. Jarvis, 12 at the time, was in her mom’s class. A seed was planted when her mom prayed this: “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Years later, upset at her mother’s death, Anna Jarvis said this at her mother’s gravesite: “Mother, that prayer made in our little church in Grafton calling for someone, somewhere, sometime to found a memorial to mother’s day — the time and place is here, and the someone is your daughter. And by the grace of God, you shall have your Mother’s Day.”

Sadly, Anna died very dissatisfied about the commercialization of her beloved Mother’s Day. She saw businesses take advantage of people for their own financial gain. Anna went to great lengths to stop them. Unfortunately, it cost her. She lost out financially and emotionally.

If you want to truly celebrate your mom during this holiday, don’t buy her a card. Send her a heartfelt letter instead. In lieu of spending money on flowers, chocolates and gifts, simply spend time with her. If you can’t spend the day with mom, make sure you call her and talk to her. Ask her about her favorite memory of you when you were little. Ask her how you can enjoy time together when you see her next, and then follow up.

Mother’s Day facts

1. Mother’s Day is second after Christmas for the most popular day to buy flowers.

2. The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is the elephant. The pregnancy lasts 22 months and she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.

3. Polar bear mothers gain about 400 pounds while pregnant. If she doesn’t double her weight, her body will reabsorb the fetus.

4. There are about 122.5 million phone calls on Mother’s Day, making it one of the most busiest phone days of the year.

5. The average age of new mothers in the United States today is 25 years old vs. 21 in 1970.


Happy confetti-popping day to Connor Wallett of Lower Swatara as he turns 19 on Wednesday, May 10. Enjoy your week!

Tyler Brennan turns a quarter-of-a-century old on May 10. If you see him on Wednesday, be sure to give him a joyous greeting.

Cole Worthing turns 25 on Wednesday, May 10. I hope all your dreams are coming true, Cole! Happy birthday!

Happy 14th razzle-dazzle birthday to Jenna Alford of Lower Swatara. I hope your May 10 is a wonderful Wednesday!

Happy frosty-filled day to Bob Clouser Jr. of Middletown. He will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, May 10. I hope it is a fun one, Bob!

Birthday balloons will be flying for Bob Wierman of Lower Swatara on Thursday, May 11. Hope your day is full of many good things, Bob.

Happy landmark 21st cake day to Josh Hurley of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 12. Congrats and enjoy your birthday weekend!

Here is a shoutout to Linda Hammaker of Lower Swatara. This sweet lady celebrates her special day on Friday, May 12. Make it a great one, Linda!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday to Ken Romberger of Lower Swatara on May 12 as he observes his snappy-happy birthday!

Hey, Patrick Green of Lower Swatara! Happy 30th birthday to you. Wishing you a bright and sunny Friday, May 12!

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Alexis Fischer of Middletown. Her beep-beep-honk day is Friday, May 12. Have a super weekend, Alexis!

Paul Mahalik of Lower Swatara celebrates his big-deal 21st birthday on Saturday, May 13. Congrats to you, Paul!

Sending a bouquet of beautiful birthday wishes to Gwen Martz of Lower Swatara on Saturday, May 13. Hope your day is full of sweetness and love, Gwen!

Happy 14th fun-filled birthday to David Ordonez of Lower Swatara. His big day is on Sunday, May 14.

Elizabeth DeVelin of Lower Swatara marks her landmark 18th cake day Sunday, May 14. I hope it is a sunny day for you!

Hey, Clark Hammaker! Happy birthday wishes to you all week long as you observe your rootin’ tootin’ cake day on Sunday, May 14. Enjoy!

Happy honk-honk-beep day to Timothy Nevil of Lower Swatara on Sunday, May 14. Hoping you don’t mind celebrating this day with your mom! Have a super 16th birthday.

Double celebrating going on for Amy Carpenter on Sunday, May 14. I hope birthday and Mother’s Day moments are sensational!

Jordan Travitz is celebrating his 22nd birthday on Sunday, May 14. I hope your day is more than fine, Jordan! Enjoy.

Happy cake and ice cream day to Tracy Meifert of Lower Swatara on Monday, May 15. I hope your day is marvelous, like you!

Happy 21st landmark cake day to Briana Dunlap of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 16. Enjoy celebrating all week long, Briana!


Best wishes to Tom and Janice Williams of Lower Swatara on their 43rd wedding anniversary on Thursday, May 11. Enjoy this lovely time of year with hearts and flowers!

Happy 34th anniversary to Larry and Angie Crumlich of Lower Swatara on Monday, May 15. May it be a romantic celebration with lots of love!

Highspire Historical Society

All are invited to come out to a fundraiser flea market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13 for the Highspire Historical Society at 273 2nd St. rear (Lusk Avenue).

The rain date is May 20.

You may rent a space for a small donation. Bring a blanket or table. There will be food, clothing, clearance, toys, housewares, jewelry, linens and more. Call 717-566-6828 with questions.

What is a mom?

Someone whose love for you never ends,

She’ll love you deeper than your best friends.

The two of you may not always agree,

However, she guides you to be the best you can be.

For your mother holds you deep in her heart,

Constantly thinking of you while you are apart.

She has done so much to help you grow,

Then tastes the bittersweet of seeing you go.

So do something nice for her this May,

Spend time with her on this special day!


Pancake breakfast

The Lower Swatara Lions Club is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Lions Building in Shopes Gardens.

This is also the same day as the Shopes Gardens community yard sale. Fuel up on pancakes and support our Lions, then enjoy the yard sales!

Six best doctors in the world

1. Sunlight

2. Rest

3. Exercise

4. Diet

5. Self-confidence

6. Friends

Maintain them in all stages of life and enjoy a healthy one.

Dinner is served

Everyone is invited to a roast turkey dinner at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 15.

Dinner includes all the trimmings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert. Takeouts are available. For cost information, call 717-944-6181.

Supper is ready

All are invited to dine on meat loaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, veggie and dessert at Church of God at 245 W. High St. in Middletown at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 22. Mark your calendars now for delicious food and fine fellowship!

Quote of the Week

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” — Jewish proverb

Question of the Week

What are some ways to show appreciation to mothers?

“I give her lots of hugs and kisses and say thank you.” — Syrianah Rodriguez, 10, Middletown.

“I give her Valentines.” — Anne Reiseg, 7, Middletown.

“Give her breakfast in bed, cook her dinner, clean something in the house. Write her a poem or homemade card.” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey.

“Do stuff for her.” — Kaylea Peterson, 9, Lower Swatara.

“I clean up when she tells me to!” — Keegan Wilkinson, 3, West Hanover.

“I play with my sister, and I am nice to her, too.” — Luca Ryan, 3, West Hanover.

Proverb for the Week

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (31:28).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at